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Entertainment Why I always start discussions - and love it

12:05  21 september  2020
12:05  21 september  2020 Source:   zeitjung.de

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Call me a pain in the ass, overly emotional or "pain in the ass". But let's discuss it please. People like to say: "Well, let it be." Or: "Hold back". But no, there are simply topics where you shouldn't be silent […]

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Call me a pain in the ass, overly emotional or "pain in the ass". But let's discuss it please. People like to say: "Well, let it be." Or: "Hold back". But no, there are just issues where you shouldn't be silent and not hold back. As unnecessary as a discussion may seem at first glance, the result can be just as wonderful. So this is an overly emotional declaration of love for discussions.

It is said that discussions with people who share the same opinion don't really help. After all, it doesn't give you any other insights and somehow makes life easy for yourself. But if you do exactly the opposite and discuss with people who have a completely different opinion, then that shouldn't be good either. Especially when you sometimes deliberately seek the discussions. When you know from the start that the discussion might end in a little argument that can only be resolved with a cold (non-alcoholic) beer.

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There has to be a discussion about racism or feminism

But it is precisely these discussions that are so wonderful! Especially with people who know from the start that they have not yet dealt with the topic in detail. The arguments are then not necessarily based on facts, but on: “I read it on Facebook.” And: “But I feel that way and that.” Wonderful. And no, this is not about topics that leave room for different opinions. This is about good old human rights. So discussions about racism, Feminism and sustainability. In these subject areas there is no place for “Well, I experienced it very differently.”

One is constantly advised against such so-called fundamental discussions. Especially with friends, within a relationship or, even worse, at the family dining table. There are probably tons of advice out there that warn you against this. And yes of course, the discussions can be exhausting and maybe unnecessary. But hey, if you're having fun arguing a little, what's the problem? Because sometimes silence is more harmful than a discussion.

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No discussion is hopeless

Especially when it comes to those topics that we should argue about with certain people from time to time. I'm just not quiet when a person insists on saying the N-word just because they are a family member or because a bestselling guide wants to make me know that this discussion is useless. Because that is exactly the crux of the matter.

I am firmly convinced that such discussions can lead to something after all. Well, sometimes the evening seems dirty and sometimes the big elephant in the room can no longer be scared away. But then again, I might have got the other person to look at the subject again. With this one topic that ruined the evening so thoroughly and about which I spoke so convincingly and aggressively. Maybe the person finally comes to grips with the facts and next time we will no longer discuss whether human rights are good, but rather how we could implement them.

Convincing facts

Somebody once said to me: "If you argue so aggressively, you trigger exactly the opposite in the other person." I think that's wrong. Or at least I have hope . Namely, that the next time the person will discuss me with facts in the ground. Because damn it, yeah: let's discuss it!

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